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Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

ATLANTA -- Members of metro Atlanta's chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold a peace rally and workshop for middle school students over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Ivy Community Center in southwest Atlanta. It is part of the 40 Days of Peace project, which aims to spread service and kindness through the country.

The peace rally and workshop will aim to teach young people about Dr. King's mission, and to raise awareness of crime and crime prevention strategies. Law enforcement members will also give an interactive presentation to encourage children to stamp out gangs and bullying.

Middle school students from several metro Atlanta counties -- Cobb, Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale -- are expected to participate.

Chair-ity raises $72K for Christian City

Chair-ity raises $72K for Christian City

UNION CITY, Ga. -- This year's Children's Chair-ity Event raised more than $72,000 for some deserving kids in metro Atlanta.

The fundraiser, which is held annually in Peachtree City, collects money for Christian City. The Union City-based organization has provided a loving and nurturing home for more than 1,000 abused, abandoned and neglected kids.

RELATED | How to help the Christian City kids

'Best Christmas Pageant Ever' opens Dec. 6

'Best Christmas Pageant Ever' opens Dec. 6

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- Southside Theatre Guild presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, just in time for the holidays.

The show will open Thursday, Dec. 6. According to the theater:

In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids -- probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem -- and the fun -- when the Herdmans collide head-on with the Christmas story!

Performances of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever run through Sunday, Dec. 16. Learn more and buy tickets at stgplays.com.

Southside Theatre Guild is located at 20 West Campbellton Street in Fairburn.

Holiday season begins with a bang in Fairburn

Holiday season begins with a bang in Fairburn

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- The city of Fairburn will kick off the holiday season this weekend with plenty of family fun and even a few surprises.

The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 with holiday performances and a visit from Santa Claus.

At 7 p.m., city officials will light the Fairburn Christmas tree. The lighting will be immediately followed by a new holiday tradition -- Christmas fireworks.

Fairburn's tree lighting will be held adjacent to 5 Southwest Broad Street near the intersection of Roosevelt Highway and Campbellton Street.

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

Fulton County Announces Family Voting Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Saturday, July 21, 2012, the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections invites registered voters to participate in Family Voting Day.

Fulton County’s Family Voting Day offers registered voters the opportunity to cast their ballots prior to the General Primary Election and on a day that may be more convenient for their schedules.

Family Voting Day will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at three locations: